How to Reopen Snaps on Snapchat

Snapchat was launched internationally in July 2011 and came to India in October 2012. While it is just another social media platform like WhatsApp or Instagram, Snapchat was attributed with countless extraordinary features to set it apart from its competition from day one.

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First and foremost, Snapchat brought to life the wishes of millions of teenage users worrying about the privacy or security of the pictures they shared.

Being considerate of its users’ privacy, the platform came up with a feature where an image or video you share with a fellow Snapchatter will disappear right after they view it. The feature enabled a lot of young users to have secure conversations with both people they knew as well as strangers.

However, very soon, the disappearing snaps were no longer good enough for Snapchat’s audience. Its users wanted to have options in case they wanted to view the snaps more than once.

To comply with these requests, Snapchat added another feature of replaying snaps and put a price on it. This upset thousands of Snapchatters around the world, making them switch to other platforms.

As soon as Snapchat realized what a mistake it had been, it launched the replaying snaps feature for free, luring back many old users. Fast forward to the present, and you’ll see how the Snapchat users today aren’t satisfied with one replay option either. Many of them want to be able to view snaps or stories multiple times.

Are you one of these users wondering how to reopen snaps on Snapchat? You’ve come to the right place!

Today, we’re going to talk about just that. Stay with us till the end of the blog to find the answers to your queries.

How to Reopen or Replay Snaps for the First Time

Suppose you opened a snap, but your mother called you right at the moment and, by the time you were back on the app, the snap was already played.

While some people might not care about a lost snap all that much, there are others whom it can drive crazy. And because Snapchat understands this, it has added a feature of replaying or reopening any snap once on the platform.

However, reopening a snap for the second time can be quite tricky. You can’t simply view it once and think, “I’ll replay it later this evening when I get off work.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.

In order to reopen or replay a snap on Snapchat, there are certain steps you need to follow. Otherwise, that particular snap might be lost to you forever.

So, if you’re trying to reopen or replay a snap you received, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Once you have viewed a snap or video once, stay on the same page. After the snap stops playing, you’ll see an empty red or purple box, with Hold to replay or save right next to it.

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With this message, you’ll have the option to save that snap in chat and even download it to your camera roll so that you can see it as many times as you want.

However, that’s not always the case. In some snaps, you’ll only find the message Press and hold to replay. This is where things get tricky.

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Step 2: Press the square for a few seconds while the snap gets reloaded. If it’s a video or your network is poor, it might take more than a few seconds. But don’t get impatient and leave the page; otherwise, you might not get an opportunity to see it again.

Step 3: Once the empty square is filled with red or purple again, it’s a sign that your snap is ready to reopen or replay now. Tap on that square, and the snap or video will play for the second time.

Another noteworthy thing about re-watching a snap is that Snapchat sends a notification to the sender telling them of this activity whenever you do it. So, if that’s something that can make you feel uncomfortable or awkward with them, you might have to re-think this strategy. The same is true for taking a screenshot of someone’s snap, in case you didn’t know that already.

What if You Exit the App?

The most important rule of replaying a snap for the first time is staying on the Chat page. Keep in mind that if you switch to another page or even exit the app, you will miss your chance to replay it for good.

How to Reopen Snaps on Snapchat Unlimited Times

Have you ever felt like you want to see that one snap just once more, even after you’ve viewed it twice? It could be pictures of your friend’s slumber party, or a video of their little pup doing cute stuff, or anything else that might be important to you. How can you watch it for the third time?

Well, there is a trick that can help you do it. But be warned; it’s a complicated trick that might need you to do too many things on your phone. So, if you feel like it’s too much hassle at any point, you can drop it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you do that:

Step 1: Open the Snapchat app on your phone, and go to the Chat page. Here, you’ll find a list of all your friends you snap consistently, with a mix of both unopened and opened snaps.

For the ones that are new, you’ll see a red or purple square with New Snap written right next to it. And in the case of the ones you’ve already seen, you’ll see an empty square with a written Received on the side.

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Step 2: While you’re on this page, switch on your phone’s Airplane Mode. The process is quite similar for Android and Apple users. In the first case, you swipe down the top of your screen, and in the second, you swipe up from the bottom of it.

In both cases, you’ll see an airplane icon that you have to click on, and your phone will start functioning in airplane mode.

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Step 3: Once your phone is in airplane mode, any activity you do on Snapchat will not be registered on the servers due to lack of network.

Now, go to the unopened snaps (that you want to play multiple times), open and replay them.

reopen snaps on snapchat

Step 4: When you switch off the airplane mode afterward and open Snapchat, you’ll still see filled square boxes indicating the snaps are unopened. You can repeat this process as many times as you want to replay a snap.

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However, keep in mind that if you’ve already watched a snap before your phone was on airplane mode, there’s nothing you can do about that.

How to Change Snapchat Snap Settings to Loop or No Limit

If you think that you’re missing out on most snaps, there’s a way of changing that without going through any trouble. Do you want to find out how it can be done?

The easiest way of doing it is by asking your friends or other Snapchatters to change a minor setting on their apps. You see, Snapchat has launched two features to facilitate its users to view any snap for as long as they want until they close it.

One of these features is the No Limit tool which can be used for pictures sent as snaps. Initially, all snaps sent had a time limit of 10 seconds before they disappeared. However, if you select the No Limit option, the recipient of your snap will be able to see it as long as they like before they exit the screen.

If you’re wondering how it’s done, the answer is quite straightforward. All a sender needs to do is to select the No Limit option after clicking the snap. You’ll find this tool on the top right of the page, where there’s a clock icon with an infinity sign within it. Click on this clock, and it’s done!

reopen snaps on snapchat

In case the snap is in a video form, you’ll have to employ another tool called a Loop. This option is placed at the same location as the No Limit button; only instead of a clock, it shows a loop with an infinity sign in the middle of it. Select it, and your video will keep playing in a loop until the recipient chooses to exit it.

Snapchat Stories: Can They Be Replayed?

Did you know that Snapchat was the first social media platform to launch for the first time a story feature? It includes the possibility of uploading any picture or video on your profile for a period of 24 hours. This feature was so well-received on the platform that later, other platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp adopted it, too.

If you’re unfamiliar with how stories work on Snapchat, let us help you with it. When you open Snapchat on your phone and are on the Camera/Snap page, you’ll spot a two-people icon on your immediate right. Tap on it, and you’ll be led to the Stories page.

If one of your friends has posted a story, you’ll be notified about it by the appearance of a small dot top the people icon.

Once you’re on the Stories page, the first section is mentioned Friends; it is this place where you’ll be able to see the stories of all your friends. When they add a story, it will appear in a small circle within the Friends section, with a colorful circle outlining it. The colorful circle is a sign that it’s unopened; once you’ve watched it, the circle will turn grey.

Now, coming to the original question: do Snapchat stories also have viewing limitations like the snaps? Thankfully not.

As discussed, a story will last on a person’s profile for 24 hours unless they decide to delete it. Within this window, you can watch and re-watch it as many times as you want. In fact, you don’t even have to worry about alarming the person by viewing their story multiple times. Snapchat doesn’t send them a notification every time you open it, unlike in the snaps.

Final Words:

With this, we come to the end of our blog. Today, we’ve learned about the peculiarities of Snapchat that make the platform endearing to us. We also discussed how one could get past some of these peculiarities if they wish to replay a snap more than a couple of times, as Snapchat allows.

Lastly, we glanced at the story feature launched by Snapchat and discussed the possibility of viewing a story more than once.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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